Today’s Wanderlust Wednesday post is a throwback to our romantic weekend getaway to Misty Mountain Reserve in the Eastern Cape.
I’ll admit, I’m not really one for roughing it up ‘tent-en-slaapsak’ style, but I do enjoy elements of camping, and so I’ve always wanted to experience a slightly more luxurious version of off-the-grid(ish) camping. In December my André and I celebrated four years of dating, and our anniversary weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to go glamping, and the thought of experiencing it in full view of the Tsitsikamma Mountains seemed downright magical.
Misty Mountain Reserve, nestled above the ruggedly beautiful Tsitsikamma coastline, borders the Tsitsikamma National Park and offers ridiculously beautiful views of the Indian Ocean, Tsitsikamma Mountains and indigenous forest, as well as a variety of luxury accommodation, ranging from ocean view lodges, to rustic farm cottages and, my favourite, lakeside luxury tents.
A firm believer in “it’s all about the journey, not the destination,” the four-hour journey, dotted with woodland forests and quaint little Eastern Cape towns and villages, did not disappoint. When we arrived at Misty Mountain we were greeted by pretty parading peacocks, and we were completely bowled over by the hospitality of our hosts – considering we arrived two hours early for check-in, and smack bang in the middle of housekeeping duties… Nevertheless, our room was ready within 15min, and our preordered picnic basket delivered within 30min! We opted for a relaxing lunch inside our tastefully decorated tent, complete with wooden floors and beams, antique furniture, a clawfoot bathtub, and two walk-in showers.
After lunch we went for a leisurely stroll and what really grabbed me about the reserve was how you can find yourself in completely contrasting settings simply by walking from one end of the reserve to the other. You literally turn a corner and you’re greeted by the ocean, and around another corner you find yourself standing in front of a beautiful forest, or surrounded by open green pastures set against a beautiful backdrop of misty mountains.
We spent a couple of days at the reserve, relaxing, eating waaay too much food, reading, and taking in the breathtaking views, which was exactly what we needed, but if we wanted to (and if we weren’t in a constant state of food coma) we could’ve taken advantage of the many activities on offer, such as quad bike tours, mountain biking, fresh water fishing, golf, and forest walks – which in hindsight is something I would have loved to experience. There’s always next time!